My wonderful 90 year old mother had a hip replacement 16 days ago. On the 3rd day she was transferred into the hospitals acute rehab unit. She had a very difficult first week with severe pain. She is doing better now but is very weak and frail. We want her to be discharged to a skilled nursing facility to get more therapy and for her to regain her strength before she is discharged home. The skilled nursing facility told me that she has the medicare part A benefits for skilled nursing. When I told her rehab doctor that I wanted her to be discharged to a skilled nursing facility he blew up at me and said she cannot go there. He then said that if he knew that she wanted to go there he would never had admitted her to the acute rehab unit. I told him that this was not a plan. I had hoped that my mother would have recovered quicker but she did not. Anyway he refuses to discharge her to the skilled nursing unit, she is being discharged to her home on Fri. Her time in rehab has been 14 days. Can someone please explain to me what is going on. I was in tears when this doctor yelled at me. There must be some financial reason why he won't discharge my mom to skilled nursing, that I am unaware of.